When the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns on November 4th, the world is going to meet two new stars: Joyce Giraud de Ohoven and Carlton Gebbia. Fans will be in for another surprise: Carlton isn't just an interior designer, animal lover and mother—she's also a practicing wiccan. In an exclusive interview with Bravo, she opens up about how she got into the faith, what it's like to raise children with her beliefs, practicing magic, and her Halloween rituals.
So how has filming The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills been so far?
It’s finished and it’s good. I enjoyed it.
Are you excited to see the show?
Yeah, I am.
Are you also nervous?
Yes, I’m sure there are moments when I’m like, “Oh God, did I really do that?” But I think as a whole journey, it was my reality. So that’s all I can say.
Have you become close to any of the women?
I have. Definitely Lisa [Vanderpump] and Yolanda [Foster] and also Brandi [Glanville], I have to say. I mean, I never really got the opportunity to bond with Kim [Richards]. And [new housewife] Joyce [Giraud] and I had a few bumps along the way, but we ended off on a good note as well.
Are there any tensions between you and any of the other castmates yet?
Oh, yeah. I honestly went in with no preconceived notions about anyone on the show. I caught a couple of episodes once I knew it was going to materialize. Who I did think I wouldn’t possibly get on with wasn’t the person I didn’t get on with. I definitely--probably from the get-go and right up until the end--would get gut instincts about Kyle and definitely my intuition about her was right on. So I actually didn’t think I would get along with Kim, but I ended up not a fan of Kyle.
You're also a follower of the Wiccan faith. Can you talk a little bit about it?
I’m considered a sole practitioner. I am Celtic as far as my ancestry is concerned. My grandmother was a pagan but she also practiced witchcraft, which is what I do. So, if you’re going to put a word on it, I would be considered a Celtic pagan witch. But I’m a sole practitioner; I don’t belong to a coven, which is a group of people that believe in the same things.
How did you get into it?
What I’ve always practiced my whole life was from an early, early age. I didn’t do all the studying and reading, I just knew what worked for me and it worked very, very well. You know, I was always drawn to nature and animals and I just had an affinity for the moon. It’s something that I would discover along the way, and then my grandmother would teach me her beliefs. It was a tailor-made faith for me that worked for me and has worked for me.
Carlton: Even though I don't agree with Wiccan beliefs, I really think you're going to be a great addition to this show... You have THE absolutely funniest tag line ever: "Money doesn't talk.. it swears'.. lol (I'm paraphrasing, but it's essentially that..)... Cheers and I wish you great success.. :-)
Well, everyone can have their own opinions, which I respect; however, I WILL NOT be watching any portion of this show that mentions her and her wiccan ways. As a Christian, I can't. I hope that it doesn't 'take over' the show. I'm very disappointed to hear that Lisa is friends with this person. I think "TheArtOfWisdom, comment below, said it pretty good. And, as a Christian, I find her to be EXTREMELY unattractive in every way!
I love that Carlton is a Celtic pagan witch and practices Wiccan. I especially love that she's also an animal lover. Such positive energy can only make the show better. I will definitely be watching this season. Good luck Carlton :)
Oh, Gawd. Now we will have a witch to watch. At least she admits she is one. And how funny that she will hang with the other witch....Lisa. God help us!
Well lets just say this Gebbia is a very wonderful Lady, good Wiccan Witch... Now as for Lisa, Brandi
and Yolanda their not Wiccan Witches..There are the most negative bunch you ever get to see on TV...
articulatesoul1 Puh-leaseee the only witches on that show is Kyle and Kim. Take them off already. Don't care much about Yolanda. Absolutely love Lisa and Brandi...the fun ones with a sense of humor
Whatever floats your boat! Like she said, whatever practice you feel that brings you closer to faith, so be it! Live and let live.
Hey at least she's bringing something different to the table; a little diversity.
I'm not a Wiccan but I have Wiccan friends who feel misrepresented and misunderstood when it comes to how people perceive their faith, so I like that she's bringing forth how being a Wiccan brings positivity and spirituality to her and her family's life.
I really have no opinion about her wiccan, but what the heck is going on between Brandy and Lisa??